Pearly-line Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus taeniophorus (Regan 1908)

Other Names: Pearly-lined Cardinalfish, Reef-flat Cardinalfish

A Pearly-line Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus taeniophorus, at North Solitary Island, New South Wales, May 2016. Source: Ian Shaw / License: CC by Attribution-NonCommercial

A whitish cardinalfish with 5-6 black stripes along the side, a short narrow dark stripe behind the upper part of the eye to below the dorsal fin, and no distinct spot on the tail base.

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Pearly-line Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus taeniophorus (Regan 1908)

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From Shark Bay, Western Australia, and Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Timor Sea, to Byron Bay, New South Wales including reefs in the Coral Sea; also Christmas Island and Cocos (Keeling) Islands in the eastern Indian Ocean. Elsewhere the species occurs in the tropical Indo-west-central Pacific.
Inhabits inshore reefs and outer reef flats, usually sheltering in holes or beneath ledges, often in areas exposed to surge.


Dorsal fin VII + I, 8; Anal fin II, 8; Pectoral fin 14; Pelvic fin I, 5; Lateral line, pored scales 24; Predorsal scales 3-4; Circumpeduncular scales 12. 

Species Citation

Apogon taeniophorus Regan 1908, Transactions of the Linnean Society of London 2nd Series Zoology 12(3): 226. Type locality: Maldives.


Bray, D.J. 2019


Australian Faunal Directory

Pearly-line Cardinalfish, Ostorhinchus taeniophorus (Regan 1908)


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Quick Facts

CAAB Code:37327075

Depth:0-15 m

Habitat:Reef associated

Max Size:11.5 cm TL

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